The Hurricanes offense scored only 10 points in the game of the week on September 11. Many will point to the fact they played against one of the top 10 defenses in college football. The Buckeyes defense gave up 17 points in two games.
Jacory Harris' weakness was made evident again. He has a difficult time throwing under pressure and four interceptions proves that point. Anytime a quarterback throws that many interceptions, it practically means a loss is coming. Harris passed for 232 yards, 4 interceptions, and one touchdown.
The only thing that kept Miami in the game in terms of scoring was the outstanding special teams play. The Hurricanes returned a kickoff and punt for touchdowns.
Chances are the Hurricanes will play better in all the other games. The competition against Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and the other Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponents won't be as intense as Ohio State. It will still present intriguing challenges, ones which the Hurricanes will likely overcome.
This week, the coaches have to hound Harris. If he keeps throwing interceptions, it could open the door to more losses. The drills will have to include throwing under pressure. Harris needs to work on it now so that he can torch all ACC defenses and make a living in the National Football League. After all, any NFL defense will play a lot harder than the Buckeyes.
It is also important the the Hurricanes continue to use the strong running game. Whenever Harris has a difficult time throwing the ball, the running backs need to be the security blanket out there. Unfortunately, the running game wasn't as solid as it needed to be as the Hurricanes rushed for 120 yards. That may not be a terrible performance, but it could have been much better.
Ohio State outplayed the Hurricanes. They had 233 passing yards as well as 181 rushing yards. Ohio State took advantage of scoring opportunities, something Miami struggled with.